Engineer Officer Bursary Scheme

Service:Surface Fleet
An Air Engineer working on Royal Navy kit.

The role at a glance

What you’ll do

Every day the Royal Navy protects our nation’s future, and to continue doing that, on operations all over the world, we need the next generation of exceptional engineers. Applying to the Engineer Officer Bursary Scheme is your opportunity to lay the academic and military foundations for a world-class engineering career that will see you get your hands on some of the most advanced kit on the planet.

If you’re currently in the final year of secondary school or the lower sixth, you can apply for a scholarship for either both years or the final year of sixth form. If successful, you’ll receive £1500 a year while you study, and gain exposure to military life. Crucially, you’ll also be guaranteed a place at a Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) university to study an approved maths, physics or engineering degree, complete with £4000 per year bursary.

Your role

  • Complete up to four A levels including Mathematics and Physics. Further subjects available include; Chemistry, Biology, Electronics, Computing, Geography, Government and Politics, Business Studies, Design and Technology, and Further Mathematics.
  • Engage in Physical Education (PE), European Computer Driving Licence (EDCL) and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHCE) lessons.
  • Develop an understanding of your future career in Career Life Service Skills (CLASS), enriched by regular engagement from serving officers and specialists.
  • Receive sponsorship of £4000 per annum to study an approved maths, physics or engineering degree. Whilst at university you will join the Reserve Forces and receive training pay for attendance at regular training nights and for the many activities undertaken during weekends and vacation periods.

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • All students are expected to study four AS levels which must include Mathematics and Physics. In the Upper Sixth you’ll be required to study Mathematics and at least two other A levels
  • On graduating from sixth form, students will apply to read an approved degree from one of our 11 partner universities and be enrolled onto the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS)

Skills you'll develop

  • Learn transferable skills that’ll support you in your future studies and career
  • Develop leadership skills and character in preparation for the challenges of service life

Career progression

What you'll need


GCSE Grade Requirements

  • A/7 GCSE Mathematics
  • B/6 GCSE Physics
  • B,B/6,6 for Dual Award Science
  • C/4 GCSE English Language

SNO Level 5 Requirements (Scotland)

  • A Mathematics
  • A Physics
  • C English

General requirements

  • Medically fit to join the Royal Navy
  • UK, Commonwealth or Irish citizen. Commonwealth citizens are required to have five years’ residency in the UK prior to application
  • Aged 16 to 18

Skills and interests

  • Interested in a future engineering career with the Royal Navy
  • Focused and committed, determined to achieve your best
  • Keen to maintain personal fitness
  • Independent thinker
  • Organised
Check Eligibility

Starting your career

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Book a place on an Open Day to visit the College and meet our staff and students.
  • You can register your interest by completing the application form online or by calling 0345 602 0242. We will send you a link to start your online application.
  • Download a Welbeck Proforma and get it completed by your current School/College and take it with you to your first Royal Navy interview.
  • You will be sent an invitation to attend an interview at your local Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO) where you will complete the Royal Navy Recruit Test and have your initial interview.
  • If successful, you will be invited to attend the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB) selection centre.
  • Successful applicants are offered a provisional place pending GCSE or AS level results.

Initial training

The Defence Sixth Form College is a dynamic environment where young men and women grow in self-confidence, thrive academically and are encouraged to make the most of every opportunity.

Committed teachers deliver a challenging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) focused A level curriculum to help you develop transferable skills which will support you in your future studies and careers. The United Kingdom has a shortage of individuals with STEM skills, so the demand for graduates with STEM degrees is fierce.

Professional training

Providing you achieve the necessary A level results, you will be guaranteed a place on the Defence Technical Officer and Engineer Entry Scheme (DTOEES). Here you’ll have the opportunity to move onto one of 11 partner universities through The Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) to study engineering and technical degrees with the added bonus of an annual bursary of £4000.

Partner universities include:

  • Aston
  • Birmingham
  • Cambridge
  • Imperial College
  • Loughborough
  • Newcastle
  • Northumbria
  • Oxford
  • Portsmouth
  • Southampton
  • Strathclyde

During your time at university you’ll join a military support unit (squadron). The squadrons are staffed by members of the armed forces, who will mentor and assist your progression through university. You are expected to attend one training evening a week for which you’ll receive training pay. You’ll also have the chance to complete adventurous training and work experience which will be arranged during holiday periods – and you can expect to earn up to £2000 a year in training pay for taking part.

After that, you’ll start your initial officer training with the Royal Navy at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.